Date & Time: January 17, 2023 – March 28, 2023 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Virtual

Adelphi University’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development will once again present and host the Post-Graduate Ecological Justice Certificate Program for Social Workers.

Credits: 24 CEs

Upon course completion, participants will be awarded a formal certificate of completion, 24 CEs and a digital badge.

Apply for this course here.


Adelphi University’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development will once again present and host the Post-Graduate Ecological Justice Certificate Program for Social Workers.The course, developed by the Institute for Social Work and Environmental Justice, will incorporate practical and actionable curriculum for social workers, across the practice spectrum by addressing the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable populations. Exploring strategies applicable at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels through the lens of the Grand Challenges of Social Work, participants will examine current and potential interventions that support resilience in clients, communities, and the environment.

In this project-based course each participant will craft an intervention that brings the principles of environmental social work into their personal or professional life. Three course assignments are carefully designed to guide students as they build these interventions. Like seeds, these interventions are planted during the 10-week course to grow and actualize in the future.

Dates and Topics
The event takes place every Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Session Date Topic
1 1/17/23

Drawing Connections: Social Work & The Climate Crisis

2 1/24/23 Intersections with Racism & Achieving Equal Opportunity and Environmental Justice
3 1/31/23 Climate Thinking & Multi-solving
4 2/7/23 Mental Health, Environmental Justice, and Wellbeing
5 2/14/23 Food Security and Climate Impacts
6 2/28/23 Homelessness, Migration, and the Climate Crisis
7 3/7/23 Climate Impacts Across Generations
8 3/14/23 The Gender Gap
9 3/21/23 Returning Citizens and Smart Decarceration
10 3/28/23 Presentations

Completing this solution-focused course will expand participants’ critical thinking capacity and improve their efficacy in service by exploring social and environmental interventions. Participants can market their new skills in a rapidly changing world, where climate disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic consistently illuminate the unequal burden of negative environmental impacts on the marginalized populations social workers serve. The Environmental Justice certificate emphasizes the value of turning environmental obstacles into opportunities to advance social justice in ways that resonate well beyond the semester.

Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to register for the course.


$1320 (includes all related materials)

A deposit of $250.00 will be required to secure space upon acceptance into the course.

Payment plans are available.

Available Discounts Include:

  • 20% discount for Field Instructors and Adelphi Alumni
  • 35% discount for Veterans

Upon acceptance, you will be sent a link to register for the course.

Lead Faculty

Kelly Smith, DSW, MEd, MSc

Kelly Smith

Dr. Kelly Smith is the founder and director of the Institute for Social Work and Ecological Justice developing programming to build social workers’ capacity to confront environmental challenges related to climate change. Kelly earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Advisory Counsel for the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to the Changing Environment. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology
  • NYSED Psychology Pending

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment. The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation. Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

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